Must Know Journalist: Matthew Kaminski – Editor in Chief of Politico


What’s his beat?

Matthew Kaminski is Editor in Chief of Politico and the Founding Editor of Politico Europe, which launched on April 21, 2015. His previous work includes foreign correspondent, opinion writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal.

During the mid-90s, Kaminski worked in Kiev reporting on the Soviet Union for the Financial Times and The Economist. Having held different positions all over the world, Kaminski joined Politico in 2014.

In April 2015, Politico Europe launched and Kaminski was one of the Founding Editors of the title. The European branch of the organisation has experienced a lot of success in its short five years of circulation. Politico Europe has ranked above more established titles such as the BBC, Financial Times, The Economist and Kaminski’s previous workplace the Wall Street Journal, as well as social media giants like Twitter and Facebook.

Describe him in a sentence 

An Editor-in-Chief (could change to team leader) keen to overcome current industry challenges to excel in the future

Pitch or avoid?

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Why do I need to know him? 

Given the current unprecedented and turbulent times and the effect that it has on the global media landscape, it is important to keep an eye on major titles to see how they’re handling the Coronavirus crisis.

While a lot of places are shutting down or at least cutting back, Politico are planning on expanding under Kaminski’s leadership. In an interview with Press Gazette, the Editor-in-Chief said: “We haven’t made any cuts so far. We are cautiously optimistic for Politico. And we reserve judgement on what, longer term, is going to happen to the economy – to the global economy, to the American economy. More than half our business is long-term, premium subscription contracts. That gives you a lot of stability. The second thing that makes us cautiously optimistic is that our advertising business is not directly exposed to the hardest-hit sectors. We don’t have a lot of retail advertising. We don’t really have general interest consumer kinds of advertising.”

His hopeful and “cautiously optimistic” outlook proves that while print journalism,  local newspapers and organisations will be majorly set back, big titles will be stronger because people need to consume information now more than ever.

“I think niche players like us – where we have a very clear editorial mission, and we have a very clear focus on who we need to bring in as readers, and then a business model that is tied very clearly to that editorial mission – I think we should thrive.”

What’s his back story?

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1971, he and his family emigrated to America in 1980. He attended Georgetown Day School, Yale University and Université de Paris before moving to Kiev.

In 2004, Matt was awarded the Peter Weitz Prize by the German Marshall Fund for a series of stories on the European Union. His coverage of the Ukrainian crisis won an Overseas Press Club prize in 2015. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary that year.

Let’s see him in action

Covering the spread

Politico editor-in-chief interview: Coronavirus cuts? No, we’re still thinking about expansion

Ukraine’s Post-Election Landscape

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